Five campaigning youth work charities committed to social action, to make England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the best possible places for young people to flourish.


Inspiring young people

Promoting youth work

Connecting young people

Challenging inequalities


UK Youth, Youth Scotland, Youth Cymru, Youth Action Northern Ireland and Youth Work Ireland are five leading youth work charities, working locally, regionally and nationally to improve the life chances of young people throughout the UK and Ireland.

We have relationships spanning 100 years.

  • Big Music Project / Irish Youth Music Awards
  • Collaboration on training and practice
  • British / Irish Symposium on youth affairs
  • Erasmus +
  • Social media campaigns
  • UK Youth Voice
  • Challenge governments to listen to young people
  • Youth polls
  • Think tanks
  • Jobs for young people
  • Share learning
  • New ventures in the UK and Ireland
Together we are striving to increase the understanding of the impact of youth work and strengthen cooperation and advocacy actions of the five partners. This agreement is in tune with contemporary British and Irish political alliances and is relevant to national and local interests. We seek to increase our collective ability to shape policy and legislative changes, as well as energising young people to be more mobile and to work collaboratively on areas of interest. This agreement is built on the values of inclusion, participation equity and respect, with young people at the heart. It is the outcome of a British / Irish symposium on youth affairs, held on 23rd-24th October 2013 with young people, volunteers, staff and Board members of the five organisations. This partnership is intended to support and inspire everyone in our network.